Hotels in India
The India hotels in Kerala and Goa are peaceful havens away from the everyday bustle of Indian life, and offer the best of holidays to India - combining stunning scenery and beaches, with a dash of old-world charm.
Former hippy hot-spot Goa boasts 105km of unspoilt beaches and a colonial culture all of its own, thanks to years of Portuguese rule. For holidays in India with a Portuguese twist, sample the delicious cuisine and visit the quaint churches dotted all over this island Paradise, before retiring to some of the most luxurious hotels in India. The fallen city of Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a stark contrast to the boho beach bars and glitzy resorts on the Northern shores.
Kerala offers holidays to India in a tropical paradise of lush waterfalls, verdant backwaters and sprawling plantations, with India hotels along a pristine shoreline of golden sandy beaches. Board a traditional houseboat and gently sail along the leafy lakes, or visit a wildlife sanctuary to marvel at exotic beasts. Cochin and Trivandrum are a hub of cultural sights, with ornate palaces and ancient temples, and Kovalum has the most bustling of beaches, with fishing boats and colourful beach shacks lining the shores.
India Travel Notes
GMT: +5.5 hrs.
Language: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English.
Currency: Indian Rupee.
Dates for the diary: India has colourful festivals throughout the year.
Tourist/Visa/Health information: British passport holders require a visa prior to entering India which can be obtained from the Indian Embassy. Alternatively you can contact the CIBT/VISA service on 0870 8900185 or visit www.uk.cibt.com, please allow one month for processing and passports should be valid for at least six months from your date of return. Before travelling you should ensure that you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Polio, also recommended are Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Typhoid and anti-Malarial protection. Always consult your GP for up to date vaccination requirements for the country and area you are visiting.
Flight information: Delhi and Mumbai can be reached on direct services with Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Carriers operating via the Middle East region include Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. In addition Sri Lankan Airlines features both cities via Colombo. The beach areas of Goa and Cochin can be reached via the main cities on domestic flights or with some of the airlines operating via the Arabian Gulf or Sri Lanka. Goa is served direct by Thomson from both London Gatwick and Manchester.